Making Voices Visible is a thread that runs through most of my professional activities since 2004. As an architect I sought to make goals visible in drawings and then give them life in bricks and mortar. As a graphic facilitator I evolved those skills to cover yards and yards of chart paper as I helped others see what they were saying and thinking, and then understanding those things in new ways - live and unrehearsed. As an illustrator, people have used my work to give their voices to creative conversations and hidden insights. Along the way, I’ve been described in various ways: an architect of ideas; a graphic developmentologist; the love child of Batman and the Cat in the Hat.
Photography, on the other hand, is about making my own voices visible. In The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame said “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Although I spend plenty of time in boats myself, I feel the same way about cameras. Old ones, new ones, digital or film - there’s nothing like being surprised by how they confirm the obvious to be something else altogether.
Composite image by Rob Taylor and Bruce Flye